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Clemency (2019)



Critic Consensus: Clemency mines serious social issues for gripping drama, brought to life by an outstanding cast led by Alfre Woodard.

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Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

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Alfre Woodard
as Warden Bernadine Williams
Aldis Hodge
as Anthony Woods
Wendell Pierce
as Jonathan Williams
Richard Schiff
as Marty Lumetta
LaMonica Garrett
as Major Logan Cartwright
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Clemency is proof of just how effortlessly [Woodard] can lead a film.

December 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5

A masterwork.

July 29, 2020

Woodard, unshowy and preternaturally still, offers us a stubborn professional being steadily eaten up by her involvement with the glacially slow killing-machine.

July 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It takes an actor of Woodard's calibre to show us how Bernadine arrived at this point, and why she finds herself so conflicted.

July 19, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Clemency is one of those deliberately harrowing movies that leaves you feeling elated. The very precision of the film-making gives you a sense of hope.

July 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The moral and ethical debates around the death penalty rarely touch on the toll it takes on the people involved, but that's the grey area writer-director Chinonye Chukwu explores with a humanist's touch and an keen ear for all her characters.

July 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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